Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Saturday's 33-26 win over the Washington Redskins, the team confirmed Saturday night after an MRI confirmed their suspicions when they returned to the Twin Cities.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier will address the issue at his Monday press conference, but surgery will likely take place in the coming weeks, with the hope that he would be ready to play sometime early next season.
Peterson tore the ligament on the first play from scrimmage in the second half of Saturday's game when Redskins safety Dejon Gomes tackled him at the end of a 3-yard run. The direct hit to the outside of Peterson's knee caused it to buckle and Peterson immediately started hitting the ground in pain.
Peterson had 12 carries for 38 yards when he left. He also had a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. It was Peterson's second game back after missing three contests because of a high ankle sprain in his left ankle. His season is finished with 970 yards rushing, the first time in his five-year career that he won't reach the 1,000-yard mark.
Peterson said after the game he knew "it was something bad" when he felt "severe pain" at the end of the 3-yard run.
"Anytime you take a blow to the knee like that, you're concerned about the ACL, MCL," Peterson said as he stood on crutches in the locker room after the game. "I'm trying to stay as positive as I can."
Toby Gerhart had the first 100-yard game of his career in relief of Peterson, rushing for 109 yards on 11 carries.
The Vikings also lost quarterback Christian Ponder to a concussion on the play after Peterson's injury. He will be evaluated during the week and will need to pass the NFL-mandated post-concussion impact tests before he can return to practice or the season finale Jan. 1 against the Chicago Bears.
Tim Yotter is the publisher of Viking Update. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.
Adrian Peterson suffers torn ACL in left knee
Viking Update Top Stories
Vikings sign 3 to practice squad, release 3The Minnesota Vikings shook up their practice squad on Tuesday, signing three – including an offensive lineman – and releasing three.
Viking Update1:34 PM
Long: No excusesJake Long was only on the field for 13 plays Sunday at Philadelphia, but two of those resulted in turnovers that cost the Minnesota Vikings offense from putting up points. On…
Viking Update12:55 PM
Did rotating tackles affect Vikings?The Minnesota Vikings took the unusual step of rotating their offensive tackles in the first half of Sunday’s loss. Did that affect their performance? Alex Boone reacted to that,…
Viking Update12:42 PM
Cutler’s back, drawing angry Vikings defenseThe Bears announced Monday that, in the midst of Chicago’s World Series frenzy, local goat Jay Cutler will be making his return to playing action. How will it go? The Minnesota…
Viking UpdateYesterday at 10:02 PM